Ling and i recently had the privilege of being apart of a medical camp organised by the Diocese of Sabah, i.e. through the Anglican Church, in the interiors of Telupid. And what a medical camp it was indeed!
A real eye-opener. Never been on anything like it. i mean i've definitely had my share of experiences on mission trips (blog about that some other time) but nothing involving medicine per say. And this time.. WOW! We had almost 30 medical professionals including dentists and specialists covering various fields including opthalmology and even ENT surgery. And we had so many volunteers from various backgrounds but ALL with a mind and heart to serve... God and the people.
My 'driver' was actually the previous attorney-general (a 'Datuk')... which in itself just epitomises the spirit of servanthood that was prevalent amongst the team that went. Didn't matter how 'big' or 'small' the task cos' it was clear that nothing was too 'small' for God =)
And like my 'driver' (who's really a wonderful man indeed) i met many other inspiring individuals. There were a few in particular who made a significant impression simply because they too were in the field of medicine and so i found that the manner in which they carried themselves, their philosophy, the passion... all the more compelling and inspiring.
i stood in awe at their 'energy'. Not of a physical but rather 'soul-ful' nature.
i asked myself questions that demanded some internal responses.
i asked God to build in me the characteristics that these people exemplified... and make me more and more in the image and likeness of His Son.
Not just for the sake of the people i 'see' as a doctor and the future function i would fulfill in God's kingdom for His people but really bottom line.. for myself.
As i worked alongside these marvellous individuals i was reminded again of just how much i lack and how flawed i still am. How far still the apple has fallen from the tree... if i may use the expression loosely...
A good reminder.
It's one of those things that we all need now and then. The kind of inspiration that you know, perhaps stings at first but gets you going well into the direction you should be headed.
i need those.
And during this recent medical camp (which i thoroughly enjoyed)... i got one ;)